Resource Navigation Program

Mano a Mano’s Resource Navigation Program helps to reduce toxic stress for our clients.

Our Resource Navigators’ most basic role is to ensure clients have access to basic and emergency resources; they also:

  • help clients understand and navigate community resources
  • help clients understand their basic rights and responsibilities
  • promote informed decision making and accountability
  • assist in removing barriers to stable housing and employment

They also serve as a connector, helping our clients develop support networks and attachment to the community in which they live.

Visit one of our resource centers in person, or by phone to get started.

Toxic Stress:

Toxic stress results from strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adverse experiences that occur in the absence of protective relationships [1].  Such adverse experiences may include abuse, bullying, maltreatment, neglect, hunger, homelessness, poverty, family separation, discrimination, illness, etc.

Immigrant Oregonians, People of Color and LBGTQ individuals face additional stressors unique to their experiences.  These include (in no particular ranking):

  • Limited English Proficiency
  • Discrimination because of national origin, language, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Social attitudes, norms or policies


[1] Middlebrooks JS, Audage NC. The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2008.